Friday, June 25, 2010

How Many Mice Per Hour Does He Get?

“A cat barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic cat. Muffin will be that cat. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.”

Okay, actually his name is Oscar, but I like "Muffin the Bionic Cat" better.
A cat has received two bionic legs in a world-first operation set to transform treatment for human amputees.

Oscar, whose paws were cut off by a combine harvester, can run and leap thanks to the mechanical implants. They were drilled into his ankle then treated with a substance that allows bone and skin to grow around them.

Fake paws were then fitted on "see-saw" joints at the end of the prosthetics, giving full movement. A day after the pioneering surgery, carried out by Noel Fitzpatrick, a Surrey, England-based veterinarian — Oscar tried to stand.

Four months later he bore weight equally. Now he runs. Fitzpatrick said the techniques he used are "set to transform the future" of orthopedics.

8 comments:

  1. How much money did this cost??

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  2. Why, are you looking to upgrade your cat?

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  3. Oh my.......Gino, you forget that you'd be running around on pegs. The chics would really dig that!!!!!!

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  4. Bionic claws, too? Kiss the couch good-bye.

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  5. marie: not for me, for the cat.

    crankbait: looks like he just got clawless stubs. better he not run on linoleum.

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  6. Do those come with mag wheels?

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  7. Yeh, but they were doing the experiment for humans, Gino.

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